Roger Bootle speaker

Roger Bootle

A noted City of London economist, British government economic advisor and newspaper columnist.

Made his name with his direct approach and ability to forecast major economic events from the credit crunch to the property crash and issues within the European Union. He writes a weekly column in the Telegraph newspaper and has several books to his name, the latest of which, "The Trouble with Markets" has been expanded to include his award winning analysis of the Euro crisis.

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About Roger Bootle

Background / History

Born in 1952 Roger Bootle studied at Oxford University where he got a BA and MPhil in Economics. He went on to lecture in economics at St Annes College, Oxford. He then went to work at Citibank where he experienced life as a dealer.


Roger Bootle has spent most of his career in the City. He was deputy head of economic policy at the CBI from 1979-81 and chief economist at Capel Cure Myers from 1982-86. Other roles have included Group Chief Economist at HSBC and at Lloyds Merchant Bank. During the Conservative government in the 1990s, he was appointed to the UK treasurys panel of economic forecasters known as the Wise Men.

Between 1995 and 2003 he was a visiting professor at Manchester Business School and in 1999 he founded the consultancy Capital Economics, an independent macroeconomic research consultancy. He is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an adviser to Deloittes.

In his book, "The Trouble with Markets",  the call for an orderly break-up of the European Union was given the Wolfson Prize - the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel. Other books include Money for Nothing, in which he correctly anticipated the financial crisis and the Death of Inflation which predicted a sustained period of low inflation. He makes frequent radio and television appearances and is a key note speaker.

The fourth edition of Roger's widely acclaimed book, “The Trouble with Europe”, is coming out on 7th September. It has been extensively revised including a new cover and title: “Making a Success of Brexit and Reforming the EU”.

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Founded Capital Economics, Europe’s largest macroeconomics consultancy in 1999, now Chairman of it.
  • Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee for 20 years.
  • Formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC. 
  • Weekly columnist for The Daily Telegraph for the last 10 years.
  • Author of six books, including the “The Death of Inflation” and, most recently, “The Trouble with Europe”.
  • Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
  • Winner of the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel.
  • Named Economics Commentator of the Year in 2012.
  • Won the 250,000 Wolfson Prize for Economics for devising the "smoothest" plan for a break-up of the euro zone in 2012.
  • Frequent appearances on radio and television.
  • Taught Economics at Oxford University – and worked as a money market dealer in the City.

Speaking Style

Informal, Educational and Thought-provoking.

Speaking Topics

  • The World Economy
  • The outlook for financial markets
  • Brexit and its consequences
  • The outlook for Europe and the EU
  • The Euro and the Future of European Business
  • European Monetary Policy
  • Inflation and the Economy


"Roger Bootle is one of the best interpreters of modern capitalism around. This account of the crisis and what it means is as important as it is accessible."- Will Hutton, economist and author of the bestselling The State Were In

"Compelling prescriptions from an economist unusually able to speak with authority because unlike most of his peers, Bootle spotted that the boom was unsustainable." - Robert Peston, BBC Business Editor and author of Who Runs Britain

"This book will stand out in the explosion of financial crisis literature. Roger Bootle is one of the top, practical economists in the financial world but he is not afraid to tackle the bigger, deeper questions around the future of capitalism, the role of markets and government." - Vince Cable, MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

"Roger was absolutely fantastic, his presentation was inspiring, very interesting and he managed to present it in a very entertaining way." - Reuters Sales Conference, Cairo

"Scores for content and presentation both a maximum 5/5. (Convention average 3.8/5 and 3.7/5 respectively.)" - The Actuarial Profession Life Convention, Edinburgh

"An excellent speaker with just one major problem - he has set a high standard for our next speaker to follow!" - Construction Products Association

Books By Roger Bootle

  • The Death of Inflation -Surviving and Thriving in the Zero Era (1996)
  • Theory of Money with W. T. Newlyn, (1978)
  • Index-Linked Gilts - a practical investment guide, (1985)
  • Money for Nothing? Real Wealth, Financial Fantasies and the Economy of the Future (2003)
  • The Trouble with Markets - saving capitalism from itself - updated (2011)

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